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Superman Returns Review Round-Up

Published June 26, 2006 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros.
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With the 'early' release of Superman Returns arriving tomorrow, this could be the last round of reviews we post for the film.

The latest two reviews seem to fit in the general consensus -- Superman Returns is a great film but has a couple moments that are, at worst, flawed.

Superman Returns Reviews

The latest round of movie reviews to pop up make my Spidy senses tingle. The reviews give me a bit of deja vu to the early reviews to appear for Spider-Man 2 and, if the film is anything like it, I plan to have a great time at the theatre tomorrow night.

I had meant to have a review up before the weekend, but gnarly traffic on the 101 killed my arrival time for the screening last week (read the adventures here).

Superman Returns opens with a great homage to the first film. There is the pulsing John Williams theme and an updated version of those familiar blue-outlined credits shifting backwards into space, just as seen in the opening of the 70's and 80's film series. As Williams' famous score hits the crescendo, it's hard not to feel those goosebumps of excitement stream down your forearm.

The action in Superman Returns is top-notch. The effects, such as the exceptional plane sequence, are spectacular. The general look of the film's action is good, possibly even great, with sharp visual-effect work held to the highest standards. Sadly, there isn't as much action as you might expect in a Superman film, but what's there is very cool.

Entertainment Weekly
The surprise of Superman Returns is that it isn't a funky, ambitious conceptual reimagining, like last summer's Batman Begins. This really is your father's Superman; it re-creates — and updates, though just barely — the universe Donner invented. Opening with the voice of Marlon Brando as he murmurs cosmic gibberish (somewhere, he must be giggling at the way his worst performance keeps getting recycled), the movie then blasts us with those lasery blue ''X-ray vision'' credits, which now look about as eye-popping as a game of Pong.

I wish that Superman Returns were more original, and (in its first 45 minutes) better paced, but Singer, after two X-Men films, is now a commanding orchestrator of pop spectacle. The movie gets tighter and fiercer as it goes along. Kevin Spacey, for all the hilarity of his zombie sarcasms, lends a hungry gravitas to Lex's dreams, and as Luthor creates a crystalline fortress of megalomania, which evokes the remains of the World Trade Center, Singer does his grandest work to date. I was happy, in the end, that Superman came back, though I hope next time he does something I can hardly believe.

I like the Batman Begins analogy by EW. I have probably watched the movie on HBO about ten times in the last week and have to admit that I like the direction the film takes us; that and it is one heck of a film. People love characters, so why not start some of the franchises over with a re-introduction from the beginning?

Check out the full Superman Returns reviews by clicking the bold links above (open in new window).

Superman Returns will fly into theatres on June 28th.

For movie clips, movie stills, the trailers, TV spots, early review, movie info and synopsis, go to the Superman Returns Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.

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